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Magners League already a hit in Italy

Guinness PRO12 Editor

5 Oct 2010


The Magners League is already receiving plenty of headlines in Italy following the successful introduction of Aironi Rugby and Benetton Treviso.

Rugby! Magazine, the oldest and best-selling rugby magazine in Italy, has announced it’s own Magners League Dream Team for the month of September.

The journalists from Rugby! Magazine, who contribute to the Italian section of this website, have chosen their best Magners League players for the games from Round 1 to Round 4.

Three teams have been represented by three players: top-standing Munster have back rowers Denis Leamy and David Wallace and lock Donnacha Ryan; Amlin Challenge Cup Champions Cardiff Blues have fullback Ben Blair, lock Bradley Davies and hooker T Rhys Thomas, while surprise package Connacht see fly-half Ian Keatley, wing Fionn Carr and prop Brett Wilkinson earn selection.

Italy receive two nominees in the September XV with the inclusion of scrum-half Tobias Botes and international prop Lorenzo Cittadini, both of whom have starred for an impressive Treviso outfit.

The Scarlets are represented by top try scorer Jonathan Davies and flanker Johnathan Edwards, while Edinburgh wing Tim Visser and Ulster centre Darren Cave complete the squad.

Connacht boss Eric Elwood has been named Coach of the Month by Rugby! Magazine.

Rugby Magazine! and Lameta are the official media partners of the Magners League in Italy.

Rugby! Magazine Team of the Month

15 Ben Blair Cardiff Blues
14 Fionn Carr Connacht

13 Darren Cave Ulster
12 Jonathan Davies Scarlets
11 Tim Visser Edinburgh
10 Ian Keatley Connacht
9 Tobias Botes Benetton Treviso

1 Brett Wilkinson Connacht
2 T. Rhys Thomas Cardiff Blues
3 Lorenzo Cittadini Benetton Treviso
4 Bradley Davies Cardiff Blues
5 Donnacha Ryan Munster
6 David Wallace Munster
7 Johnathan Edwards Scarlets
8 Denis Leamy Munster

Coach: Eric Elwood Connacht